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Old 08-03-2011, 11:59 PM   #1
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Top 10 Reasons to buy an Electric Focus!

10) You'll get a charge out of it.
9) Great if your round trip is less than 80 miles.
8) Can substitute for a golf cart.
7) Your old mechanic will love you forever.
6) Ben Franklins autograph on glove box door.
5) Screw Exxon.
4) So quiet, you can hear your wife and kids better.
3) It comes with batteries.
2) The president of Ford's butt is on the line.
1) David Letterman will have you on his show to help sales.


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I would LOVE to get the electric. And would, it does not have enough range though. My commute is 75-80 miles and sometimes stop and go. Nowhere to plug in at work. I'm boned on the electric which is really what I originally wanted.
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The president of Ford said they still have not set the price yet.

I bet it ain't cheap.
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itll probally have the gas backup like the shitrolet volt
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No gas backup acc'd to fomoco. Pure electric like the leaf
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On Letterman last night Mulally said that they will have an all-electric, a hybrid, & a plug-in hybrid so that people can buy whatever works best for them. He didn't say when those would be released, or if they would all be in the Focus family.

I expect the price to be around $37k. Nissan recently raised the price on the Leaf, and Ford is pushing the Focus as being superior to it. It won't get considered at the Volt's price point. I am considering the eFocus, but at that price, it's not worth it.
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4) So quiet, you can hear your wife and kids better.
That might not be considered an advantage for some people :P
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That might not be considered an advantage for some people :P
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On Letterman last night Mulally said that they will have an all-electric, a hybrid, & a plug-in hybrid so that people can buy whatever works best for them. He didn't say when those would be released, or if they would all be in the Focus family.

I expect the price to be around $37k. Nissan recently raised the price on the Leaf, and Ford is pushing the Focus as being superior to it. It won't get considered at the Volt's price point. I am considering the eFocus, but at that price, it's not worth it.
There is a concept car that is built on the Focus platform that is in the works for the hybrid. A little digging on google will yield the name of that one, slated for release sometime in 2012.

I am anticipating a price of $34K for the Focus Electric but it could push into $35K territory. Ford will get the maximum price out of it possible until the $7500 Fed rebate dries up.

It was the electric Focus which originally got me looking at Focus at all. I had been considering a Nissan Leaf for my commute and then saw that Ford was going to be releasing an electric Focus in late 2011.

However, at this point I think it will be a VERY soft launch. I am in one of the launch cities but dealers know nothing and you can't yet pre-order the car. The Focus electric is a two step build. The car is basically "built" at the regular Focus plant without the power train, and then it is sent to another factory where a sub-contractor will finish building it with the electric drive system. This has a lot of drawbacks to a dedicated line just for the assembly of the car and I expect production to be in the hundreds for the first few months and maybe as few as 5,000 cars shipped in all of 2012.... which means waiting, up to a year from the time you order, to get your vehicle.

The plusses obviously are that it will never use a drop of gas in its life, overall maintenance costs for electrics should be exceedingly low (Hyundai recently did a 300K duty cycle test on their Li-Ion batts for the Sonata hybrid and they only lost 5% efficiency after that many simulated miles) and electricity is still very cheap (cheaper for me, I've got a 7.0 kWh solar rig on my house).

If I could find an outlet to reliably juice it up every day at the office while I am working, I would not hesitate to get it. Sadly it is on the ragged edge of the range I need so it is not going to work out.

Will probably buy a gas focus with the hope of trading it towards an electric when they can increase the range another 20%, which will probably be in another few years.

One other thing worth pointing out is that to rapid charge the Focus Electric you will need a $1500 charger installed in your home, which might also require upgrade of your electrical box, cooperation from your local power company, etc.
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Lets do some quick math on actual cost per mile;

Electric costs at least $10K more than Gas car. Lets say electricity is free.

To go 12,000 per year with Gas car lets estimate average 32mpg at $3.75gal.
That's $1406.25 for gas.

Divide 10,000 by 1406 and you wait over 7 years until you break even.

Either gas prices have to go way up, or Electric car prices have to come way down. The math does not work for me, yet.
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